Why learn Eastern Philosophy if you can play it?
Philosopharium is a point-and-click adventure puzzle game (currently in production) for teenagers, young adults, philosophy teachers and spiritual development enthusiasts. It helps to understand the core concepts of Eastern philosophy (episodes include Taoism, Buddhism and Hinduism). The learning process through the gameplay is efficient, fun and seamless. Also, we are sure that philosophy is more about asking big questions than memorizing stuff, so there is a storyline in Philosopharium, which gives the player an opportunity to ponder over the concept of death, free will, moral obligations, meaning of life, importance of empathy and self-improvement. Philosopharium will be available for iPad, Mac and PC.
“With games, learning is the drug.”
— Jane mcgonigal, writer and game designer
Players follow the main protagonist Steve, who discovers himself locked in a colorful and bizarre world of Philosopharium without any concise memories about his past. Steve wanders through big amusement parks, solving mysterious puzzles and conducting meaningful conversations with park employees and visitors (who also happen to be historical or mythological figures). Over time, Steve realizes that everything around is somehow connected with his past and starts to recover his memories step by step. Now he has a second chance to reimagine his past through the lens of knowledge he is having acquired and fix some things he has messed up in his life.
Philosopharium consists of three independent episodes. Each episode suggests an exploration of one tradition of Eastern Philosophy. Each episode has its own set of memory cards — pieces of valuable information in case players want to know more about a particular concept or a historical figure. But most learning objectives can be accomplished right in the game: through conversation, meaningful choices, cutscenes and puzzles.
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Philosopharium visual design is inspired by ancient Eastern Philosophy related scriptures, charts, drawings, paintings and sculptures. Philosophical and religious traditions of the East were mostly oral, so philosophy teachers of the past were really inventive with visual metaphors, schemes, charts and lists. They even made comics! We borrowed some amazing visual tricks, proven by 2000-years old teaching history. See gallery→